Letters to the Editor by Dory Rand in The Chicago Sun-Times 

Robocallers are nothing if not persistent. lllinois area codes received more than 148 million robocalls in July and it could get worse.

Wall Street banks and corporations using robocalls for debt collection and telemarketing are working to convince the Federal Communications Commission to gut our most significant protections from unwanted and abusive robocalls.

Since 1991, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act has curbed the powers of aggressive debt collectors and other robocallers, maintaining consumers’ right to privacy. But following a recentcourt ruling in a case brought by the American Collectors Association, which called parts of the Act into question, the robocallers and their D.C. lobbyists are working overtime to convince the FCC to greenlight unwanted automated calls and texts.

Determined to get you on the phone, the robocallers sense an opportunity to unravel the rules barring autodialed calls and texts to cell phones without the consumer’s consent, and to strip consumers of the right to revoke consent and make the robocallers stop calling. If they get their wish, calls to Illinois residents will skyrocket and we’ll be powerless to stop them.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth sits on the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees the FCC. She has been a leader on this issue in the past, and we hope she and her colleagues on the committee will insist that the FCC sides with consumers over the debt collectors and other abusive telemarketers.

Dory Rand
Woodstock Institute